One of the toughest ultra distance races in Europe - The MONTANE® Spine Race is a brutal 268 mile, non-stop, winter mountain marathon that encompasses the entire Pennine Way.
Taking their lead from the highly successful MONTANE® Lakeland 100 and 50 ultra races, the purpose of the MONTANE® Trail 26 events is to provide the opportunity for both trail and road runners to 'step up' to longer distance trail challenges. Whether you're looking to complete your first trail marathon, progress to 'ultra distances' or you're a current 'ultra runner' training for longer challenges, these races provide all sorts of opportunities.
There are two 26 mile races in the series:
Grizedale, Lake District
Both events take place on recognised footpaths and trails and the aim is to set safe but challenging courses for all. All routes will be marked at key points but some navigation will be required. Participants will be provided with a pre-marked map and a road book of the route (including a written description). Each course also has a single checkpoint, generally close to the half way mark, providing support, food and drink. Part of the challenge at the MONTANE® Trail 26 events is navigating the route, so there is light signage for the full course and runners will have to use a little bit of brainpower. However, the level of navigation required is relatively easy, making the events an ideal point to start if you hope to progress to more challenging ultra trail or mountain marathon type events.